DJ Eddy Bauer has made a name for himself on both the East and West Coasts with his top notch disco edits and mixes. As he prepares to DJ at this year’s Blisspop Disco Festival, find out more about his approach to disco and what music projects he has in the pipeline.
Tell us a bit about how you got started in the DC disco scene.
I’ve been collecting and DJ’ing disco records for 10 plus years, most of that time in the Bay Area. When I moved to DC a few years ago, I didn’t know anyone, so I just started scoping flyers and checking out parties. I would randomly approach DJs and talk to them, which was awkward for everyone involved, but eventually I started making friends and getting booked for gigs. Luckily the scene here is super supportive!
Who are some of your favorite disco artists and DJs?
Too many to name, but a few artists I always come back to are Change, Patrice Rushen and Al Hudson/One Way. As far as DJs, Eli Escobar and Kon are relentless and inspiring champions of that raw, authentic disco sound, and I have seen them both slay on multiple occasions. My Philly friends, Shawn Ryan and Michael the Lion, are absolute disco units and should not be missed when they come to town. And of course, there are many talented disco DJs in DC, like Martín Miguel, Trev-ski and Kenny M, among others.
What does the word disco mean to you?
Disco to me signifies an organic approach to dance music, one rooted in soul and the underground beginnings of club culture. I’ve always been drawn to the authenticity of expression in disco records and the way raw emotion and musical imperfection become weaponized on the dance floor.
What are your future musical plans in terms of gigs, releases, etc.?
Well, I’m super excited for Blisspop Disco Fest, the lineup is unreal! Other than that, me, Nick Garcia, and our West Coast partner, Big Chain, throw an all-vinyl house and disco party called House of Boom at Backbar. The next one is December 7th. We’re also working on launching a House of Boom edit label.
DJ Eddy Bauer will be spinning alongside Baronhawk Poitier and Rose Corps at Backbar on September 28. Admission to this show is only by purchase of tickets to the Chromeo show at 9:30 Club. Purchase your tickets at the link here.
Take a listen to his most recent guest mix for Blindstares’, “Seeing Sounds,” mix series: